Are you feeling stressed out in your everyday life? Do you want to drop everything and run away? Then a nice trip might be just the thing for you. In particular, you could take refuge in a place where you can meditate in peace. If you want to experience something like that, here are some of the best yoga retreats in the world. Pack your bags and let yourself go to peace of mind!
Yoga Retreats: Koh Samui, Thailand
Do you want to take refuge in a tropical setting, with a warm climate and world-renowned yoga teachers? Then Thailand is the destination for you. While Koh Samui may not inspire tranquility and serenity at first glance, go beyond family-friendly resorts and crowded beaches. Get off the beaten track and head to Samahita Retreat, the industry leader in yoga holidays.
Located directly on the beach on the island’s south coast, Samahita offers a wide range of options. You can choose from all-inclusive group retreats and detox, wellness and slimming programs, right through to in-depth training for yoga teachers. Simply put, you can tailor your experience to your specific needs.
Breathe in the fresh air as you practice yoga in the outdoor studio (shala), then exhale and contemplate serenely in the meditation garden. And finally, take a refreshing swim in the pool. Your eco-friendly accommodation includes a private balcony and sun-heated water, and meals are prepared according to Ayurveda principles to keep you healthy and happy. All this is only an hour’s flight from bustling Bangkok.
Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali is second only to India in terms of yoga retreats. In fact, on this Indonesian island of green mountains, wild coasts, volcanic hills and dream beaches, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
In a tropical jungle just outside Ubud, nestled above a sacred river and overlooking a divine temple is Blooming Lotus Yoga. This center offers four or seven-day yoga retreats that promise to revitalize and invigorate body, mind and spirit. Daily Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes combine with in-depth workshops on asana (postures), meditation and pranayama (breathing control). There are also opportunities for cultural immersion, nature excursions and optional curative treatments.
Local Yoga Retreats: Big Sur, California
If you like camping but don’t want to give up some luxury comforts, so called “glamping” could be for you. Situated on a coastal ridge with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the Treebones Resort offers yurt accommodation in contact with nature. A yurt is a traditional Mongolian tent with a circular shape.
Don’t worry, though. Here, the yurts have comfortable beds, a heat source and electric lighting, as well as access to private terraces with spectacular views. Opt for the “Yoga in Nature” workshop, which also includes six different yoga sessions on the beautiful outdoor platform and nutritious meals prepared with local ingredients. End a day of yoga with a personalised massage or an invigorating swim in the pool.